Four New Master’s Degree Programs in Science

June 24th, 2005 by Adam

The University System of New Hampshire board of trustees approved four new graduate degrees in science at Plymouth State University June 23: an M.A.T. degree in science and M.S. degrees in science education, applied meteorology and environmental science and policy.

The first enrollments are expected in the fall 2005 semester.

Two of the degrees, the M.S. in science education and the M.A.T. in science will allow current teachers, and holders of undergraduate degrees in science who aspire to become teachers, to pursue specialized graduate study.

The Master of Science in science education targets middle and high school teachers who already hold a bachelor’s degree in science, elementary school teachers with a bachelor’s degree and the equivalent of a minor in science, and teachers working toward state certification.

The Master of Arts in Teaching in science features advanced work in science along with courses and experiences required for teacher certification. The M.A.T. is a way for someone with a considerable undergraduate science background, but no previous course work in education, to become certified by the state of New Hampshire.

According to Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, Dr. Dennise Maslakowski, “the programs promote science learning through innovative methods for the classroom, laboratory and field, and include authentic assessment strategies. Both degrees are based on the research, goals, vision and best practices derived from the science education community.”

The trustees also approved Master of Science degrees in applied meteorology and in environmental science and policy.

Dr. James Koermer, professor of meteorology and director of the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute at Plymouth State says, “The field of meteorology has experienced explosive growth in knowledge because of recent technological advances. Students in the M.S. program will receive much greater depth in specific areas of applied meteorology (such as satellite, radar, air quality, transportation). Employers are seeking meteorologists with a more advanced background than can be provided by an undergraduate program.”

The M.S. in environmental science and policy will prepare future scientists and resource managers with the interdisciplinary competence for career opportunities in industry, government, non-profit organizations and academia. The programs will focus on interrelated chemical, physical, biological and socio-cultural topics that drive environmental policy and management.

Dr. J. Stephen Kahl, director of the Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University says, “As part of the regional mission of PSU, the M.S. in environmental science and policy will focus on applied environmental problems of a regional nature. The program will be strongly field based, concentrating on applied environmental science, policy and science translation; preparing students for a broad range of careers. We anticipate that several graduate research fellowships will soon be available.”

For information about the new Master of Science degrees and other graduate programs at Plymouth State University, logon on or call 1-800-FOR-GRAD.